Demi Lovato has revealed the powerful meaning behind her 'cellulite pics'

As celebrity role models go, Demi Lovato must score pretty high. The actress and singer is pretty outspoken when it comes to issues regarding mental health, body confidence and her struggles with addiction.

Such is Lovato's openness when it comes to these subjects, she has elevated herself from simply being a singer to being something so much more.

An example of Lovato's new-found status could be seen last week when, taking to her Instagram account, Lovato decided that she had enough of the body image ideals that she was seeing on the picture sharing platform and decided to tackle the issue head-on.

Uploading a series of images onto her Instagram Story, Lovato wanted to show her own "flaws" and wanted to make the point that, despite what we may see on Magazine covers and lingerie shoots, even celebrities aren't "perfect".

In one image, Demi labels her stretch marks and grabs at the flesh on her stomach.

demi lovato stretch marks Credit: Instagram/Demi Lovato

In another, she writes the word cellulite and draws an arrow pointing to her upper-leg.

demi lovato cellulite Credit: Instagram/Demi Lovato

And finally, she hikes up her shorts to reveal that her thighs are touching rather than having a thigh gap.

demi lovato self-love Credit: Instagram/Demi Lovato

The common line throughout the story is the words, "And yet I still love myself," something which people need to realize is possible despite not fitting into societies beauty standards.

Explaining the thought process behind the images, Demi told E! News:

"I just thought to myself, someone needs to show my fans and anybody that's looking at my account that what you see isn't always what's real."

The singer says that it's important to embrace your flaws as they help shape who you are.

"And so, I decided to embrace my flaws and—I don't even like to call them flaws, it's just a part of who I am—and show the world that I'm imperfect, but that's what makes me beautiful."

Demi routinely admits that she struggles to embrace and love herself. However, despite the fact that she may tell people to embrace their skin no matter what and that dieting isn't part of her life, the singer admits that she does bring a nutritionist on tour with her as well as a personal trainer in order to remain healthy.

"I think that dieting is something that we've been forced to kind of do because of the diet culture...we're praised if we don't eat fried chicken and we eat a salad," she said.

"It's like, sometimes that's what you want and it's OK to treat yourself every once in a while."

I mean, a celebrity advocating the eating of fried chicken is something that we can all get behind. Good on Demi for being an inspiring and empowering role model to young women everywhere, with her openness about issues such as eating disorders and mental health certainly helping to break down the taboo around such subjects.